December Newsletter

(Pre/Post Adoption Consulting and Training)

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Happiest of Holidays and a Peaceful, Plentiful, and Healthy New Year to all!


Holiday seasons are always festive and fun but can also hold a twinge of sadness for all those who are gone or who are lost. Remember to be kind to folks and to find ways to include people who might otherwise not have a way to feel a part of the holidays.


Remember that these are all festivals of the light. In ancient times, the Solstice was magic; the world got very dark and then slowly, with the festivals lighting up the night, the daylight started to come back. From the ancient rituals came Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and other festivals that give us faith and hope that the New Year will come.


Sending you good wishes and letting you know that you can give a New Year gift to an adoptive family:  


Post-Adoption Concierge/Consultant Package


You can also give the gift of a regular consult with Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao by speaking with Emily at or 617-547-0909.


We hope that your holidays are bright and that your children are able to enjoy the warmth and care of family in this season.  Happy New Year and more coming in 2015.




PACT (Pre/Post Adoption Consulting and Training)

Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao

Emily Adcox, Executive Assistant

Deirdre Jimenez, Intern




Save the Date for PACT's Upcoming Workshops and Events!


A Little Day About Adoption in NYC on Saturday, February 7, 2015


A Little Day About Adoption in NYC on Saturday, March 21, 2015



29th Annual ARC Summer Intensives in Provincetown, MA on June 28 - 30, 2015.  Let us know if you are interested in sponsoring the conference!  More information to come in the New Year.


An Opportunity to Intern with PACT and AACT

June 2015 - June 2016


Clinical Intern:

The Clinical Intern will be responsible for providing clinical services to clients and associates of PACT and AACT. Responsibilities also include providing planning for, coordinating, and participating in training/events.  The Intern will report to the CEO.

For full internship description and qualifications, click here.

If interested, contact Emily at or 617-547-0909 to schedule an interview.  Interviews will be held in January and February 2015.


 Learning to Grieve
Ram Dass
The American Bazaar Staff

Sprinkling of articles that may be of interest.  Many are controversial, and some I could argue with at length.  I feel it is important, however, to see what is being said about the many aspects of adoption!

 Claudia Corrigan DArcy







Adoption Consultations with Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao

  • Are you an adopted person?
  • Are you an adoptive parent or considering being one?
  • Are you a parent by birth, who placed a child for adoption?
  • Are you part of or connected to a complex blended family?
  • Are you a professional (lawyer, social worker, educator, pediatrician, psychologist, etc) who works with a member of the adoption triad?

Adopted can refer to legal adoption or to emotional adoption through fostering, step parenting, alternative reproductive technology choices, kinship, or guardianship.


Call for an intake and to schedule a session while Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao is in New York City on February 6, 2015.


Dr. Pavao has several openings for appointments before her workshop, A Little Day About Adoption, on February 7, 2015.


Dr. Pavao is also available regularly for consultations at her office in Cambridge, MA.


For more information please contact Emily at or 617-547-0909.


Professional Consultations: $300

Personal Consultations: $250


Intake and non-refundable payment required in advance. Limited NYC appointments available.


Be sure to visit the new website for OBC (original birth certificates) for MA!  Also join us on Facebook.


PACT Client Satisfaction Survey


If you have used PACT services as a professional or as a parent or other individual involved in complex blended families, please complete this brief survey.  We are working to ensure that our services are tailored to your and your family's needs.  Thank you for your time and your feedback!


Adoptees in the Wild: Season 1
Adoptees in the Wild: Season 1

The Journey to Adoption:
A Support Group for Individuals and Couples
New York City

See complete details here.

Join us at the American Adoption Congress Conference in March, where Dr. Pavao will be presenting two workshops!  The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MA on March 25-29, 2015.


Cambridge Therapy Office Space for Rent

For Adoption-Competent Therapist or for use as a Writer's Room


220 Concord Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138

On the bus line, and a brisk walk from Porter or Harvard Squares


The space has a shared bathroom, a full kitchen for employees only (available when not in use for groups), and a small waiting area. 

The office is fully furnished. No phone and no other supplies/materials provided.  We do not provide any administrative, billing, or other services.


To be rented one day per week (Monday is available)

Available July 15, 2014

$375.00 per month, utilities included


Call or email to set up a visit and interview.

Executive Assistant, Emily Adcox:


Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao:


New York City Therapy Office for Rent

Our colleague, Phyllis Lowinger, is renting out her fabulous office space some days.  If on UWS and in need of a great space, call Phyllis!


Upper West Side Office is available on Mondays & Thursday (until 5 PM) and  on Tuesday/Fridays and weekends all day and evening.


The space is comfortable for individuals and couples, as well as groups of up to 8.


It is located on 86 Street, between Columbus and Central Park West, near the 7 Ave subway (#1, 2, 3 lines) as well as 8th Ave subway of B&C as well as crosstown bus.


For further details, contact Phyllis Lowinger

(212) 666-3400


"I believe the only true way to guarantee that children are where they are supposed to be is by doing open adoptions both internationally and domestically. Mediation and education should be done, and clear understanding by sending and receiving parents and countries/states so that ALL adoptions are ethical, legal and in the very best interest of each and every child."

 - Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao


Pre/Post Adoption Consulting and Training
Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao
220 Concord Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-0909